Analysis of intercore crosstalk of WDM channels around zero-dispersion wavelength in homogeneous multicore fibers

Monica López-coyote, Daniel E. Ceballos-herrera*, Ramón Gutiérrez-castrejón, Herman L. Offerhaus, José A. Álvarez-Chávez

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We present a numerical analysis of the average intercore crosstalk (IC-XT) of wavelength-division multiplexed (WDM) optical channels in a homogeneous two-core fiber system. This analysis is performed considering cores with zero-dispersion wavelengths at 1550 nm. In the analysis, we consider 11 WDM channels spaced 100 GHz apart transmitted in three different schemes, one centered at 1510 nm with negative dispersion D  =    −  3.5  ps  /  nm  ·  km, one centered at 1550 nm with D  =  0, and one centered at 1590 nm with D  =    +  3.5  ps  /  nm  ·  km. This selection allows for the observation of how the IC-XT of WDM channels is modified using positive, zero, and negative dispersion parameters. To analyze more realistic scenarios of IC-XT in multicore fibers, we considered random bending and twisting perturbations along the fiber. In addition, we considered fiber nonlinearities such as four-wave mixing (FWM) among WDM channels. The results show that FWM produces a power transfer among the transmitted WDM channels that depends on the dispersion parameter D at core 1, and this effect is transferred to the average crosstalk of the WDM channels at core 2. Therefore, the average IC-XT of WDM channels can be modified in a controlled way by selecting an adequate dispersion parameter D in combination with FWM nonlinearity. These results provide valuable information for understanding the wavelength dependence of the average IC-XT of homogeneous multichannel MCF systems working around a zero-dispersion wavelength.
Original languageEnglish
Article number076107
Number of pages13
JournalOptical engineering
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2021


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